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Lewis nets three as Sullivan County tops East Juniata, 4-3.

By: Brett R. Crossley | Towanda Daily Review | October 31, 2018


WILLIAMSPORT — All Brian Lewis needed was the smallest of openings to expose the defense and use his speed to create a scoring chance for Sullivan County as it took on East Juniata.

The match opened a doubleheader as Tuesday belong to the District 4 Class A boys. Lewis finished his first look at the goal and two more as the Griffins took a two-goal lead into the half. It failed to hold as East Juniata came back in the opening ten minutes of the second half.

Despite the early surge, Lewis topped out at four goals as he beat the keeper with a low shot near the 15 minute mark of the second half to ice the game 4-3 in favor of the Griffins.

"We didn't expect the speed that we saw from No. 10 (Lewis)," East Juniata coach Mike Ryan said. "He had a breakaway, two of them actually. I switched formations as quickly as I thought necessary, but in the end it was those two breakaways that beat us. The other goals were ones that should be scored."

One of those goals proved to be the game winner when Lewis broke through East Juniata's defense for a low shot under the keeper. It was enough for the win as Lewis avenged a loss to East Juniata in the playoffs when he was a freshman.

"If felt good, because I was thinking about that loss my freshman year," Lewis said. "It felt good to get that. It means a lot to me. We got knocked out early last year and I had to come out and give everything I had tonight. So did the guys and we were able to win."

Lewis kept near constant pressure on East Juniata as he used long runs through the middle of the field to setup scoring chances. He scored on his opening attempt, was stopped after a breakaway moments later, and cashed on a second goal after running away from the defense. He beat the keeper with a low shot to the far post for a two-goal advantage. He also helped Sullivan County earn its first corner when he sent a shot in that couldn't be controlled by Andrew Hunter. It went over the top of the goal, but got Sullivan a corner attempt.

"We play to our strengths and that's definitely one of them," Lewis said. "We have a lot of speed up top and if we keep playing this way we can do a lot of things in the tournament."

With his team reeling, Arrive gave the Tigers a boost when he collected a ball from Cy Fronk for a look at the goal. Arrive put a low shot to the far post that found its way under Owen Schweitzer for the Tigers first goal of the game.

Fronk continued to pressure Sullivan County into the second half. After a flurry of chances in front of the net, Fronk collected a ball off a rebound and booted it by Schweitzer to pull East Juniata to within a goal of tying. He forced a chance a couple minutes later and cashed in for a 3-3 tie just four minutes into the second half.

"The idea was to come back and play from the midfield and use those runs from the midfield," Ryan said. "That's exactly what happened. Fortunately they adjusted for that quickly after those two goals and that got us down. We had a lot of longer shots, but nothing that could beat the keeper."

The Tigers generated 19 shots with 11 going on goal and nine coming over the final 40 minutes. There were plenty of chances, but nothing that really challenged the keeper in the end.

Sullivan will face Galeton on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Loyalsock.


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Brett R. Crossley

Brett Crossley has been covering sports in the area for more than a decade. Through that work he has built close community relationships with athletes, coaches, and athletic directors. In 2013 and 2015 he won Keystone Press Awards for Sports Story of the Year. He has worked as a photographer, columnist, beat writer, and sports editor.